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Sat, Aug 24 - 9:30pm - $15
“Sweet Crude is an extremely exciting new group with haunting and mesmerizingvocals sung in Louisiana French and English.”-PopMatters"When most think of New Orleans, what usually comes to mind immediately are wild Mardi Grascelebrations, great jazz, and Cafe Du Monde’s famed beignets. Hailing from the Louisiana city,rising indie pop six-piece Sweet Crude know there’s so much more to be found and appreciated:a richness in culture and history, which they’ve deftly woven into the foundation of their work."- Consequence of SoundOver the past few years, Sweet Crude has managed to take the music and language of Louisianaand produce a completely fresh music that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. Thesix-piece band consistently delivers exciting shows featuring enough drums for a small marchingband, exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French ina single verse. Boasting surnames like Marceaux and Chachere, Sweet Crude seeks to reconnectwith their lineage in a way that draws on their own modern influences, while nodding to the music and language of their ancestors.The members of Sweet Crude all hail from South Louisiana, a region which still holdsonto its unique culture and way of life stronger than anywhere else in the United States. Thatsaid, many of those elements are fading with time as American culture gradually becomes morehomogenized. This trend can be seen most directly in the gradual fade of the Louisiana Frenchlanguage. The members of Sweet Crude grew up with grandparents and great grandparents thatspoke the region’s native dialect as their first language, yet with each successive generation, thatlanguage gets lost to time. Instead of singing the language in its usual music genres, zydeco andcajun, Sweet Crude draws on their own influences coming mainly from New Orleans music, pop,and indie rock to produce a sound that is accessible to today’s generation. In essence, they aretaking the language out the museum, weaving it in with English, and giving it fresh legs andrelevancy for years to come.
Eclectic Art-Funk/Hip-Hop Party Band, Bourgeois Mystics, announce “The Most Spiritual” Tour in support of their namesake single. This August, the band will bring their unique message of spiritual materialism to venues throughout the southwest, west coast, and midwest, including three dates as the house band for Lagunitas Beer Circus in Seattle, Chicago, and Petaluma.Their latest single, The Most Spiritual, produced as part of the final round of The Recording Conservatory of Austin’s $25,000 grant competition, is a holier-than-thou hip-hop banger with a catchy hook. The slammin’ dance-funk verse-groove toggles between the rapid-fire rap flexing of a “megachurch pastor” and the sleazy enticements of a “western yogi-cult leader”, both obsessed with the acquisition of material wealth and the hedonistic pleasures of a vice-laden lifestyle.Bourgeois Mystics has played to sold-out crowds at several notable Austin venues including Mohawk Outdoors, Stubbs, Empire Garage, The Parish, and One-2-One Bar and has performed with international acts including George Clinton, Grupo Fantasma, Jonathan Scales, and CAPYAC. The Most Spiritual is the band’s third single of 2019, following 2018’s award-winning take on the Bollywood classic, Jaan Pehechan Ho, and 2017’s fan-lauded, critically ignored debut album, Eureka!.Bourgeois Mystics is a for-profit personal growth cult and “genre-defying dance party waiting to explode,” (PopMatters) headquartered in Austin, TX. Founded in late 2014 by four acquisitive ascetics, they slowly bloomed into a multi-national sonic powerhouse, focusing their expressive musical talents on a completely original sound reminiscent of the abstract wit of MF DOOM, zany cheese of The B-52's, epic arrangements of Ennio Morricone, wailing grooves of James Brown, infused soul of Jamiroquai, and bombastic energy of your favorite punk band, all culminating in a distinct sound that’s been described as “Zappa meets OutKast” (Austin Chronicle).Stay tuned in 2019 as the self-proclaimed “commune-definitely-not-a-cult” rolls out fresh content ahead of 2020’s concept album, Gentrification of Planet Earth.
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Mon, Aug 26 - 8pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Tue, Aug 27 - 8:30pm - $10
Phil Yates & The Affiliates are a Chicago based power pop four-piece band. Yates and company specialize in three minute pop songs played loudly. Influences include Elvis Costello, R.E.M., The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Guided By Voices. Their most recent release, 2018's Party Music!, was released by Detroit's Futureman Records.
Ben Mulwana is a Ugandan-born and raised singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. With a diverse range of musical inspiration, his songs have a storytelling quality that are both unique and familiar and are heavily shaped by his culture, past, and faith. With friends and family in many different corners of the world, Ben is inspired to create music that serves as a constant reminder that no matter the distance or differences that may separate us, sharing our love for one another can always bring us closer together. Ben released his debut EP in June of 2019, singing about love, struggle, growth, and overcoming.
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Wed, Aug 28 - 8pm - $10
Mosh Pit is a monthly variety show that threatens to feature Chicago’s most unhinged comedians doing their headbangingest, face-meltingest acts. Hosted by six-foot-tall slenderman, Ashley Leisten & her demented desk correspondent Gabbi Boyd (until they are reclaimed by the jaws of hell). Let’s thrash.
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Thu, Aug 29 - 8pm - $10
Phil Angotti has become a household name in the power-pop musical world, especially in his hometown Chicago where he's been performing for 20 years now. He has performed as a solo act through-out his career, and with several bands, most notably the Fleas, the Scuffle, the Beatle Brothers, Not the Beatles (with Brad & Graham Elvis) and his long-time original group, the Idea. He has released 10 different albums over the years, been on several CD compilations and tributes, and has made numerous radio appearances as a solo artist, Beatle Brother and leader of the Idea. Known for his strong lead vocals and versatile harmony singing, he is also an innovative guitarist (acoustic and electric). His style is diverse mixture of British 60's power pop, American folk rock, and modern guitar pop, played mostly with an explosive energy and sensibility. As a songwriter - he has proven again and again he can write melodies and hooks with the best of them and his penned numerous original songs (108 recorded to date).
Hushdrops are a three-piece rock band from Chicago featuring current and former members of Veruca Salt, Liam Hayes and Plush, The Waco Brothers,[1] The Webb Brothers and NRBQ. The band's 2004 debut album Volume One was followed in 2014 by the double album Tomorrow.[2]
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Fri, Aug 30 - 9pm - $12
Paradise Waits Band had been playing the music of The Grateful Dead in Chicago since 2005. A 5-piece rock band with heartfelt vocal harmonies and aggressive psychedelic improvisation, exploring nearly the entire GD catalog as well as original material and related covers. PW has shared the stage with members of the Grateful Dead, Furthur, Ratdog, The Other Ones, and their newest member having come on board in 2013, none other than Kevin Rosen, co-founder of Dark Star Orchestra.
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Sat, Aug 31 - 9pm -$12
Upbeat and infectiously catchy Punk Rock coming from Chicago's South Side, Eddy and the Arsons is a 3-piece band formed in April 2017. In July 2017, Eddy and the Arsons released their debut album "Wall of Text" on multiple digital retailers online. Currently, the band is working on getting radio exposure and playing shows wherever they can, as well as writing and recording new material for their followup album.
Nosey Neighbor is a Chicago based power pop/ punk rock band. Fast and catchy with melodic undertones.
Lunar Hotel are Chicago's favorite heartslobs. An energetic indie rock band with big hearts. Their debut LP "Day Songs // Night Songs," recorded with an Emmy-nominated producer, features dreamy guitars, booming drums, and Midwestern malaise.
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Sun, Sep 1 - 8pm - $18adv/$23door
An alternative country band from Denver, Colorado led by former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards, Wovenhand's music combines influences from Southern Gothic music, old-time music, folk music, gospel music, and rock and roll, among other genres and styles of music.
Jaye Jayle’s earliest recordings consisted of four 7” singles packaged in the bare-bones dust jackets of early country 5s and etched with the stark Americana-noir of Louisville-based singer/guitarist Evan Patterson. The material was a significant departure from Patterson’s primary musical endeavor at the time—the percussive Sturm und Drang power trio Young Widows—but it fell in line with his ongoing creative arc of embracing of negative space, acknowledging that less is more, realizing that a whisper can speak louder than a yell. On their new album No Trails and Other Unholy Paths, Jaye Jayle’s transportive desolation and hallucinatory sonic mantras are fully documented in all their glory. With his cohorts Todd Cook (Shipping News, The For Carnation) on bass, Neal Argabright (Phantom Family Halo, Freakwater) on drums, and Corey Smith (Phantom Family Halo) on auxiliary instrumentation, Patterson weaves a tapestry of neo-folk’s economy, krautrock’s experiments in repetition, skid row’s darkest blues, Midwestern indie rock’s nihilism, and early Tangerine Dream’s analog oscillations. The album seethes with tension and anticipation, with a heightened push-and-pull on tracks like “Marry Us” and the second song titled “No Trail” when songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle adds call-and-response vocals to the mix. It’s been a considerable journey from those raw and intimate early 7”s, an evolution undoubtedly affected by the relentless touring schedule that transformed Jaye Jayle from a solo project to an immersive collaboration. “The album has a lyrical theme in motion and direction, searching and questioning, and discovery,” Patterson explains. “A certainty in placement and uncertainty in destination. Primal consideration for surroundings, which may be or may not have been the surroundings sought after. The grayness of life's paths. The where-have-I-been, where-am-I-now, and where-will-I-be.” It’s a wanderer’s approach that yielded an unlikely romance and expatriate dreams between Patterson and Rundle during a European tour together in support of their split 12” The Time Between Us. It’s an approach also taken to the studio, where the band worked with film composer Dean Hurley—David Lynch’s music supervisor of the last twelve years—to serve as producer. The songs were recorded at Earth Analog by Warren Christopher Gray and handed off to Hurley to manipulate at his will. The result is an album that retains its frugal approach but pushes its aural dimensions to their thresholds.
God Damn Your Eyes's elegant heaviness is fashioned from shards of cabaret and carnival mingling with rock roar.Pastrick (My Cold Dead Hand, Wicker Man, etc.): Vox, GtrSpidale (Masonic Wave, MCDH, etc.): Gtr, VoxSerrano Corduroy(Dorian Taj, Articles of Faith, End Result, etc.): Gtr, Keys, VoxBrennan (MCDH, Hustler, etc.): Kit, Percussion
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Tue, Sep 3 - 8pm - $20
Rising star Israeli pianist, vocalist and composer will arrive to Martyr's for a surprising solo evening of music and storytelling which will incorporate his singing voice and a loop station along with the piano. Guy will take his audience on a true journey ranging from original pieces inspired by his travel adventures to surprising interpretations of music ranging from Chopin to Ladino songs, from Jewish prayer's to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the Beatles, U2, Bach and beyond. Under the hands of Guy, who has been called a ''mad scientist" by GRAMMY award winner Arturo O'Farrill, the dots will be connected and musical worlds will collide into one spectacular fabric.
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Wed, Sep 4 - 7pm - $25
The Chicago Tribune: “I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll, and its name is Tributosaurus.”Tributosaurus strives to do for rock and roll what a symphony orchestra does for classical; treat the music with the respect it deserves, and deliver it to a listener’s ear in glorious detail. They accomplish this goal by utilizing the finest musicians Chicagoland has to offer, and by cutting no corners. If a Stevie Wonder tune has 6 horns, 3 keyboards, and 4 strings, then that’s what you get on stage. If a Santana song needs 3 guitars and 4 percussionists, so be it. Every month, one band is given the treatment, now totaling more than 90 over the first 9 years of the project. The members of Tributosaurus are musical anthropologists, as songs are excavated, dissected, and reconstituted to replicate the original with proper reverence. They aren’t really a tribute band, but are every tribute band. There are no costumes and there is no make-up, because with Tributosaurus, the music is the star.The band is comprised of five core members (Dan Leali, Curt Morrison, Chris Neville, Jon Paul, and Matt Spiegel), who are joined by artists with credits too numerous to mention. Tributosaurus has sold out shows all over Chicago, and their gigs are an event. Fans commune with the musicians, paying homage to songs that made us all fall in love with music in the first place.
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Thu, Sep 5 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans Music! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, funk blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band "Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs".In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Galactic, Mannie Fresh, Patti Labelle, Harry Connick Jr. and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. In addition to displaying his skills on the frontline as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, producer and multi instrumentalist. With a scintillating and unique sound, look and examplary talents, Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans Experience!
The project of songwriter and guitarist Mich Shirey, MICH seamlessly combines funk-inflected bass lines, soulful vocal melodies, and earnest storytelling. While remaining reverent to his influences, Shirey develops songs into unique sonic landscapes to create what Chicago Deli Magazine describes as “lovely and earnest Indie Pop”.
With positive healing vibrations through psychedelic soundscapes, dance grooves and the power of the word,Doum Sound brings the good medicine in the magic of music. As the rhythm pulsates from the sound of the drums, they spread the message of universal love and unity. Their music lives in the present, with respect to the roots, and is heading to the future. A sonic revolution for your mind, body, andsoul. “Doum is the Sound of the drum, where our music comes from. Doum Sound plays original groove roots rhythm, with peace and love to everyone under the sun.
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Fri, Sep 6 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Rotten Mouth is a 4-piece Dirty / Groove Rock band that guarantees to bring all of their jamtastic energy to every song they write and to every live performance. Through brain-liquefying guitar solos, earth-rattling drum rolls, and a deep, gritty tone that will eternally shake your soul, the band brings a unique twist to modern rock n’ roll music. Through the use of powerful, improvisational extended jamz, their music transforms into an avalanche of sound and emotion, and ensures that your body will undoubtedly feel like a wonderland.
After Funk is a fun filled, soul driven, funk-rock explosion.
Hailed as “The grooviest band north of the border” (Live for Live Music), the Toronto based funk family have been blazing a trail through the North American music scene leaving only happy hearts and dancing feet in their wake. The combination of Yanick Allwood (keyboards & vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass) and Phil Tessis (guitar) results in an infectiously fun show, as well as virtuosity and beauty that will challenge your musical mind. After Funk’s sound and hard work has not gone unnoticed; being selected as the Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester in 2014 earned them two sets at the festival and they have served as support for Walk Off The Earth, Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, TAUK and more.
The band has released 2 albums to help you prepare for the experience: ‘Til The Sun Comes Up features Canadian hip hop legend Choclair and earned over $10,000 in crowdfunding presales and their self-titled debut EP was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. Both albums promise to have you rocking out and singing along to catchy melodies and funky grooves. But if you truly want to find out what comes after the funk, you’ll just have to come experience it for yourself.
Fuzzlove was formed unexpectedly by strangers who had one thing in common: a passion for playing music. Now, great friends, these five young musicians from very diverse backgrounds soulfully blend together their different influences of funk, jazz and rock; creating a fresh, unique sound.
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Sat, Sep 7 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door - ALL AGES
Maybe April is a Country Americana group made up of Katy DuBois (Bishop) and Alaina Stacey. Hailing from Jonesboro, AR, and Chicago, IL, they met in the summer of 2012 at a music industry camp in Nashville, TN. They wrote a song that would later take them to Los Angeles to play at a GRAMMY week event, along with Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the Civil Wars, and many others. Since then, amongst hundreds of shows, the girls have opened for Brandy Clark and Sarah Jarosz, played Pilgrimage Music Festival and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and had their video "Last Time" premiered on CMT. Maybe April is recognized for their harmonies, strength as instrumentalists, original songs, and shared roles as frontwomen, each adding something different from their musical backgrounds to create a unique sound somewhere in between Americana and Country. Their love for each other and their music continues to push them in their endeavors in Nashville, where they have been based since 2013.
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Wed, Sep 9 - 8pm - $10
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Tue, Sep 10 - 8pm - $10
Comprised of some of Chicago's top musicians, 40,000 HEADMEN performs the hits and deep - cuts of British jamband TRAFFIC! Featuring Wavy Dave Burlingame, Scott Tipping ,John Reed, Packy Lundholm, Noah Plotkin, Marty Gierczyk, Ray Quinn and special guests.
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Wed, Sep 11 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Artists, activists, musicians, writers, architects, politicians, chefs, and people defying description all grace the stage at PechaKucha Night which brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 430 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 300 people in attendance at each event. It's an amazing, riotous and amusing evening.
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Thu, Sep 12 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
On September 12, Martyrs’ and WDCB radio proudly present “Mark Walker and Friends,” his sextet featuring some of the top players on the Chicago scene:
Victor García (trumpet/percussion)
John Wojciechowski (tenor and soprano saxophones)
Jim Trompeter (keyboard)
Eric Hochberg (acoustic and electric bass)
José Rendon - (congas and percussion) The group will be performing music from Walker’s new release, “You Get What You Give” (featuring Paquito D’Rivera), and will offer signed CD’s for sale. Innerviews’ Anil Prasad writes, “I'm a huge admirer of Oregon jazz group and its extended family's output. The band's drummer, Mark Walker, has an excellent debut solo album that was just released titled 'You Get What You Give.' It's a kinetic and engaging effort that combines jazz and Afro-Latin approaches, featuring the great Paquito D'Rivera. Mark steps to the fore with a focus on creative original works, as well as imaginative arrangements of Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil," John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" and Thelonious Monk's "Bye-Ya." Mark is one of the finest drummers working on the planet and one of the most important voices in the genre. Jazz fans worldwide will get a lot out of this hugely-enjoyable release.//////Grammy award winning drummer/composer Mark Walker, originally from Chicago, has spent the last 30 years touring and recording extensively with such jazz and Latin luminaries as Oregon (with Ralph Towner), Paquito D’Rivera, Lyle Mays, Caribbean Jazz Project, Eliane Elias, Michel Camilo and Cesar Camargo Mariano. Walker has been nominated for a Grammy award for best instrumental composition and has earned 4 Latin Grammy Awards and and two Grammy Awards with Paquito D’Rivera, as well as any nominations.
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Fri, Sep 13 - 8pm - $15
Shred is Dead performs progressive instrumental and vocal performances of The Grateful Dead & Jerry Garcia Band, harvesting a pure blend of inspirational jams and fierce rock n roll. Led by guitarist Marcus Rezak with an all-star group of musicians from across the universe!
K-Nein (Michael John Krieglstein) is an americana songwriter and musician who teaches, produces, and performs music in the Chicagoland area. His songwriting draws from his experiences in life having traveled extensively throughout the world. With deep roots in improvisational music as well as composition, K-Neinʼs songwriting blends styles and crosses genres. Joining K-Nein live is an energetic group of musicians who are both friends and music cohorts in various outfits. The band is:Michael Krieglstein - Guitar Vox; Eitan Bernstein - Keys (Family Order, Company of Thieves); Matthew Kopecky - Drums (Oblio And Arrow); Matt Augustine - Guitar (Prichard Harter); Jake Carmany - Bass Guitar (Prichard Harter).
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Mon, Sep 16 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Wed, Sep 18 - 8pm - $10
In 2011 songwriter Garrett Cillo met drummer Andrea Belfiore at the bustling Jazz club Apotheke in New York’s Chinatown. Cillo was fresh out of NYC punk band Shoot the Freak, Belfiore was settling into Brooklyn after graduating Berklee College of Music. Through their musical compatibility the pair formed their premiere band, The VeeVees. Years of writing and live performances evolved the band’s need for collaboration and so expanded their lineup to include Ukrainian-American bassist, Artur Novoselsky and co-vocalist Sophia Urista. The formulated band went on to wow crowds at venues like Lincoln Center, Irving Plaza, Afropunk Music Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and many more. By the Spring of 2017, Urista needed to leave NYC. Deciding against disbandment the ex-VeeVees returned stronger with the creation of their refined rock trio, THEM FANGS. So far in 2019 the band has supported Reignwolf at a sold out show at Baby’s All Right, opened for both The Last Internationale and Pinky Pinky at Rough Trade NYC, and directly supported classic rockers Dirty Honey. They’ve released two singles so far this year, Life Do Change, and most recently, Do Your Own Damn Thing. Both tracks continue to push their Spotify catalog past 200,000 streams. Them Fangs looks forward to recording new music, the release of the music video for their upcoming single, and a Midwest tour where they’ll stop at the Summer festival Lincoln Calling in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Greg Woods is versatile singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist based out of Chicago, IL. Formerly of the local band Time & The New Romans, his music can now be heard via his forthcoming debut solo record "Hello, Goodbye, and Later on." The first single "Not So Alone" is available on all digital platforms today.
Celebrity Hostages are a premier Chicago based Dream Pop, Rock and Roll band. Celebrity Hostages are deeply rooted in Chicago's local music scene and have played in groups such as Friends of Betty, Red Red Meat, Precious Wax Drippings, Supermodel, Violet Vicious, and the Vagabonds. The band is comprised of Carly Joy Gielarowski on vocals and percussion, Glenn Girard guitar and vocals, Frank Spidale on drums and percussion and William Little on bass. Celebrity Hostages have played at such venues as the Gingerman, Montrose Tap, and The Barn.
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Thu, Sep 19 - 8pm - $12
Johnny Burgin earns his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny started his career in the rough and tumble neighborhood blues joints on Chicago’s West Side with Howlin’ Wolf disciple Tail Dragger, and went on to tour and record with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold. He’s been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his “stunning guitar playing– the pure Chicago styled sound”, and his fans love Johnny’s take on the intense, stripped-down “West Side sound” of Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. Johnny is a Delmark and Vizztone recording artist with 8 CDs to his credit. He was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for “Howlin’ at Greaseland”, a Howlin’ Wolf tribute.
Recorded at Greaseland studios in Campbell, California, Aki Kumar’s debut recordDon’t Hold Back generated instant buzz in the San Francisco Bay Area bluesscene. This album showcases some of Kumar’s original material in addition toclassics by such blues greats as Hank Ballard, Snooky Pryor, Memphis Slim andmore. Aki Kumar doesn’t hold back - vocally or on the blues harp - and performswith soulful intensity on all tracks. The tremendously gifted June Core (drums) andVance Ehlers (bass) anchor a dream rhythm section and there is no dearth of topguitar talent either - the record features appearances by Little Jonny, Johnny CatSoubrand, Kid Andersen and even a cameo by Rusty Zinn. Veteran saxman FrankieRamos and pianist Bob Welsh round out the sound with their invaluablecontributions on many cuts.
In May 2016, Rae Gordon assembled a new band featuring some of Portland’s most notable players. The fresh lineup quickly picked up steam, and by the 4th of July Rae’s new outfit had won the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey to Memphis competition at the Waterfront Blues Festival. This local win sent them to Memphis in January 2017 for the renowned International Blues Challenge, where they ultimately took third place overall after competing against standout acts from all around the world. The band was recently named Best Portland Blues Act in a Willamette Week reader poll. In November 2017 the Cascade Blues Association honored the Rae Gordon Band with two Muddy Awards: one for Best Contemporary Blues Act and another naming their latest CD Better Than I Was Best Northwest Recording.
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Fri, Sep 20 - 8pm - $12
Ezra Bell’s first full-length debut features ebullient soul twang, flowing and leaping like the music of a late 60s/early 70s recording of well-trained freaks dabbling in various genres. This Portland band sounds like they effortlessly recorded one of those forgotten-gem “cult albums”, despite it being early 2018.After three well-received EPs and playing regularly in Portland since 2013, the playfully literate and cheerfully plaintive Benjamin Wuamett and his gaggle of quite fit players, conjure up a festive dusky folk-rock-blues-jazz-R&B-pop vibe that doesn’t smother out the melancholy. These haunted stories include key tracks “Tourists” (“This one is about realizing the game is rigged, but you still have to play; it’s the only game in town”); “Yawning at the Seance (“This one is about the stories we tell ourselves in order to feel like everything is okay”), and “Let Me Do the Talking.” About that last one: “The opening line is a rip-off of something the boxer Jack Johnson said when asked how he managed to so intrigue women. He said ‘eat jellied eels and think distant thoughts.’ I think it’s one of the great travesties (and a telling indictment of our society) of our time that a great man’s name has been usurped by some surfer singing about breakfast.” The glistening, giddy music on these tracks help to document the car-wreck gas-lit lifestyles Wuamett masterfully describes. He displays gleaming shards of a self-depreciative self-awareness but also someone busy getting lost. “The overall theme going into this?” Wuamett answers to what the album is about. “Desperation. A call to arms. A whimper. A declaration that being witty by yourself at 4 AM in a basement, is a poor way to live.” Ezra Bell features Maurice Spencer (bass), Tom Trotter (drums), Aaron Mattison (horns and arrangements), Honora Hildreth (backing vocals and percussion), and Jeremy Asay (keys and guitar) more-than-ably backing up Wuamett’s story-songs and satirical jigs with organic precision.Wuamett came up with the band name when he was in Portugal and a girl he was with dared him to try a nearby concession stand’s popcorn snails. He had two full bowls. “They were delicious,” he says. “When I got back to Portland, I couldn’t sleep. On the way to work the next day, after a rainfall, I saw a slug crossing the sidewalk. I bent down and ate it raw on the spot. I didn’t go to work that day I went home, grabbed a garbage bag and spent the morning gathering snails, slugs, worms (not sure if worms fall in the mollusk family but, still, delicious) which I brought home with me. Hours later, as I sat shirtless on my couch, covered in sweat, I knew I had a problem. It would be too long a story to talk about all the places my disease took me. Suffice to say — I once hitchhiked to California because I really wanted to taste a banana slug. In the end, it became too much and I sought help via the internet. I began posting on various forums about my problem. I hadn’t been to work in weeks. Unfortunately, there are very few mollusk addicts on the web and my various inquiries went without commiseration until a nice man from Georgia spoke up and we began a long correspondence during which he shared with me the tools that had enabled him to survive in this strange world. He saved my life. His name was Ezra Bell.”
Public Disco Porch is the collaborative project of Spencer McCreary, Chicago-based singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. The band's debut record featured over 10 different artists from around the midwest and hones in on a sound that feels familiar, yet new. A lot like when you find an old tape in your dad's truck.
Adjacent Cruise is a merge of different musical styles and culture. Singer-songwriter Shannon Richardson on lead vocal and guitar, has strong influences from blues, raggae, country, folk, pop and many legendary rock n' roll musicians. His songwriting style and vocal performance are often compared to music of Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Sublime and Dave Matthews Band. Classically-trained musician Yuen Yee Richardson, born and raised in Hong Kong currently located in Chicago, on backing vocal, piano, clarinet and saxophone, admires many of the classical masters and contemporary composers, from Baroque to modern. She also have a love for music of all kinds including jazz, folk, rock and world music. The two musicians of contrasting musical styles and background came together and formed Adjacent Cruise, which aims to share similar interests while bringing differences together. Adjacent Cruise also collaborates with other musicians and artists of different styles and culture, from time to time, sharing their passion and appreciation for a great variety of music and art forms. After three years of working together, Adjacent Cruise is releasing their 20-track Debut Album “Light as a Feather, Heavy like the Sun” near end of summer 2019, followed by an Album Release Show featuring a rare full band appearance in collaboration with local musicians of different musical backgrounds.
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Sat, Sep 21 - 8pm - Free Show!
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“Ikebe Shakedown re–creates the kind of vibrant vintage funk that sends crate–digging DJs into spasms of joy…” – TimeOut New York. “Ikebe Shakedown has a sound that is undeniably all their own” – KEXP, Seattle. Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the foundational elements of ’70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies. With their new release, Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records), the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group writing together, allowing each instrument and element to shine through.You'll find rhythms that punch you right in the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture your imagination. Kings Left Behind was recorded by Ikebe's bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive Mind Recording, a Brooklyn studio built from the ground up and co-owned in part by Vince and the band's saxophonist, Michael Buckley. Since it opened in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for the band, giving them the freedom to experiment with the textures and sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul. No matter how things have changed over the past decade, Ikebe Shakedown has been a consistent, driving force. The band has gone from local clubs to the stages of Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, playing with some of the biggest names in music. They continue to stretch their sound and add to their worldwide following. And with no signs of slowing down, fans can only imagine what comes next.
Born in the Republic Of Moldova into a family of actors, Ana Ewerling draws heavily upon her native country's folkloric tradition and jazz, with soulful, sparkling vocals. Her debut album, “Soleira”, combines music from Spain, Brazil, Argentina, arranged for voice and classical guitar.
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Tue, Sep 24 - 7pm - $12adv/$15door
SPIRIT FINGERS(formally Polyrhythmic), is lead by pianist Greg Spero with Max Gerl on bass, Mike Mitchell (aka Blaque Dynamite) on drums, and Dario Chiazzolino on guitar. Since its inception SPIRIT FINGERS has beena dynamic ensemble of uber-talentedyoung musicians whose energy, passion and innovative approach stake outexciting new territory for exploratory music which is visibleon their self titled debut album released onMarch 16, 2018onShanachie Entertainment.​Spero's ambition is powerfullymanifested in SPIRIT FINGERS; as a pianist,producer,andbandleader, Spero has explored various genres including jazz, hip-hop, modern classical music and pop, he exhibits thetenacious pursuit and commitment to excellence that separate thejourneymen from the pioneers. ​The 12-song disc showcases SPIRIT FINGERS as theyconcoct exploratory and evocative soundscapesthat often combine the muscular virtuosity and rhythmic intricacies associated with the best of70s jazz fusion (thinkGeorge Duke, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and WeatherReport) with some oftoday’s pop and hip-hopsensibilities (think The Weeknd,Kendrick Lamar,andRihanna). ​SPIRIT FINGERS is unique aseach member of the band is an accomplished bandleader in their own right, which lends to their live show which isa SPIRITEDinnovative improvisation unprecedentedby other acts.
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Wed, Sep 25 - 8pm - $10adv/$12door
Mom And Dad is a three-piece music group that values being genuine, putting off airs, and making sure you have a good time tonight. With drums, bass, and guitar, Mom And Dad guides you through a lyrically sardonic landscape that leads to a reservoir of compassion, and the ability to laugh at your own self-loathing. And they can be loud.
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Fri, Sep 27 - 9pm - $15
For years, The Who had been creating collections of songs that had a unifying theme. On The Who Sell Out, they positioned their music between radio jingles and fake commercials as though the recording represented a radio broadcast. On the musical suite, “A Quick One,” the individual songs were stitched together to tell a story of infidelity and forgiveness. By the time they reached their rock opera Tommy, the idea of a unifying concept found the songs playing out a dramatic arc over four album sides. The response to Tommy was so huge that their chief songwriter, Pete Townshend, wanted to up the ante with something even more grand: another rock opera accompanied by a film and the means for audience members to interact with the music live. The project was called Lifehouse, and it was truly ambitious. Townshend pushed himself hard, and the rest of The Who followed suit in a handful of concerts to test drive the material. But fans were indifferent to the music. And when the project finally collapsed, Townshed later admitted it put him on the verge of a nervous breakdown.The failure of Lifehouse turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It forced The Who to take their new songs and focus their creativity on creating just a single record. The results were the astounding album Who’s Next. It was only the fifth studio album the group had made, but it went on to become one of the most highly regarded and best loved albums in rock.Join us Friday, September 27th when we pay tribute to The Who with an opening set of the songs from their landmark live album Live at Leeds followed by the complete collection of music from Who’s Next. Featuring Judith Weirauch, Scott Tipping, Kevin Campbell, Jonathan Reed, and William Lindsey Cochran.Great Moments in Vinyl takes the tribute experience to a new level. Every concert, we choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. And along with the music, we supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. What was the song that saved U2's career? Who was Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita"? If The Police started out as a punk band, where did all the reggae flavors come from? Why did Elton John wear glasses really? These are the sorts of questions you'll find out the answers to when Great Moments in Vinyl takes the stage. And you'll hear some exceptionally well played music as well.
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Sat, Sep 28 - 8pm - $12adv/$15door
Come celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles classic album Abbey Road at Martyrs September 28th, Saturday 8pm. John Lennon songs and the entire Abbey Road album will be performed by some of Chicago’s finest musical talent. Hosted by Ellis Clark & Ary Jeebies’ Big Parade and a star studded cast of musical guests that includes The Plastic Orwell Band, Tom Klein from Liquid Soul, Nicholas Barron, Jay Goeppner from The Beatle Brothers, Greg Jackson Combs, Gerald McClendon of The Soulkeepers, Phoenix, Andrew Clark Of The Beyond and many more!
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Mon, Sep 30 - 8pm - $10
Featuring current and former members of The New Duncan Imperials, Expo 76, and the Bama Lamas, the mighty ImpSo matches their instantly memorable pop hooks with the drive of 70's soul. Watch out for special surprise guests -- The Imperial Sound has recently been keeping company with the likes of Bobby Cornelius, Kelly Hogan, and Peter Himmelman.
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Sat, Oct 5 - 9pm - $20adv/$25door
BiG SUiT is a collective of nine musicians drawn to the cerebral adventures, infectious rhythms, and pioneering music known to the world as Talking Heads. BIG SUiT began when a Chicago-area producer reached out to Deacon Blues founder Steve Kikoen with a request to form a Tribute to Talking Heads. With enormous respect and admiration for David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Franz, and Jerry Harrison, the idea of forming a tribute to these musical innovators was intriguing. Steve proceeded to put together what has ultimately become an amazing replication of Talking Heads. BiG SUiT is heavily inspired by the film Stop Making Sense, and has recreated it within a live stage format. Additionally, the SUiTS incorporate many of the infectious, non-film Heads songs into their repertoire as well. Frontman Jason Krause brings an astonishing take on David Byrne. From the eye-catching and flamboyant routines of dancer/singers Jennifer Hall & Jessica Hornsten to the incredible percussion and afro-celt rhythm section of Phil Brines, Janis Wallin, and Megan Thomas, this Tribute to Talking Heads is the real deal. Rounding out the personnel are Paul Mutzabaugh & Cash Michaels on keyboards; with all of the “SUiTS” under the direction of Steve Kikoen, guitarist for BiG SUiT and founder/guitarist/singer of Deacon Blues. Guest artists include Chicago world percussion phenom Kalyan "Johnny Bongo" Pathak, Chicago drum icon Phil Brines, and Minneapolis drum legend Austin Lee. This funk–rock ensemble of stellar musicians offers up a truly inspirational, Once In A Lifetime connection. If you have come to experience Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place.
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Thu, Oct 10 - 8pm - $12
RAILHEART PLAYS WAYLIN JENNINGS FOR THIS SHOW! ////Railheart is a Rock’n Roll Rhythm & Blues Band with a Cosmic Country twist Led by Drummer Noah Plotkin. As a band they have played all over the city of Chicago in local favorite venues such as Space in Evanston, Martyrs in Lincoln Square, The Montrose Saloon, Street Festivals and the famous Ravinia Food Truck Thursday nights up in Highland Park, IL. The band is comprised of a collective of musicians who both together and separate have backed up many famous musicians in the Jam band/soul/funk/rock & country scene today such as Melvin Seals, Joe Walsh, The Wallflowers, The Donkeys, Vetiver, The Fruit Bats, Graham Lesh, Ian Mcdonald, to name a few. Most recently they backed up the Legendary Terry Reid for a four hour Sold Out Show Live at Space in Evanston, IL April 25th 2O19. The band is full of energy and are seeking more venues, festivals and tours! They are a dynamic crew and enjoy backing up songwriters who are passing through Chicago in need of a tight rhythm section for Live shows or for sessions in the Studio. The world needs to hear more from Railheart.
David Quinn got his start playing drums around Chicago which lead straight onto touring with other bands across the country. In a large wandering sabbatical toward the west coast, he wrote and recorded his own work while traveling through the passing trees and winding elevations. Even with his love of the brisk mountain desert heat, his kindred roots brought him back to the midwest, eventually landing him back in Chicago. Armed with a large catalog of singles, he connected with the revered Andrija Tokic - of Alabama Shakes, Luke Bell, and The Deslondes - at Bomb Shelter Studios and gathered key players to create his first LP, ‘Wandering’ Fool’. In June 2018, David Quinn joined Dave Roe - Johnny Cash’s bassist, Jimmy Lester - drummer for Billy Joe Shaver and Micah Hulscher - keyboardist for Margo Price, down in Nashville to create this twangy masterpiece. Blending these iconic musicians with his Midwest cosmic-country style has shaped this first studio album into a unique twist on dreamy classic country, something we’ve all been missing.
Working Mother is seasoned Chicago music veterans Sara Jean Stevens and Rachel Swain. Born out of a long time musical partnership, Sara Jean and Rachel founded Working Mother in summer 2018 to perform a feature for the acclaimed Fly Honey Show. Working Mother combines familiar covers blended seamlessly with mature and engaging original music. Centering around two unique and tempered vocal styles, Working Mother’s harmonies take the forefront of the show, sweeping audiences away with material ranging from deeply touching and tender, to boot stomping honky tonk.
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Fri, Oct 11 - 8pm - $15adv/$18door
Chris Bullock is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. The Snarky Puppy member has recently stepped out as a leader with the independent release of his debut record, Boomtown. This album is a hybrid of sorts. On the album, Chris has explored ways to combine his varied interests in jazz, woodwind chamber music, electronic music, and hip hop production elements.As a longtime member and composer for Snarky Puppy, he has received three Grammy awards and maintains an active schedule performing for audiences all over the world. Chris resides in Brooklyn, NY where he balances his time leading his solo project, playing live shows with a diverse range of artists, and performing for studio sessions.Originally from Asheville, NC, Chris' musical obsession began as a child with early interests in the Beach Boys, hip-hop cassettes, and learning the clarinet and electric guitar. Over time the saxophone became central to his music making.As a multi-instrumentalist, Chris has performed and recorded with a variety of artists including David Crosby, Michael McDonald, Lalah Hathaway, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Charlie Hunter, Chris Thile, Eric Harland, Phish, and Soulive.
ELECTRIC KIF "…this power quartet [will] become the “next” thing on the national scene” - Ground Up Music“Unmissable” - Miami New Times"With a tight dynamic attack and blend, the Miami-based Electric Kif offers up the challenge of jazz fusion without the confusion. It’s high spirited and extremely high energy but doesn’t seem hell-bent on confounding as others may do." - Rochester City Paper
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Sat, Oct 12 - 9pm - $20
Winner of the MAMA award for best cover band and Madison Magazine’s Best Cover Band, Steely Dane is dedicated to not only faithfully reproducing the Steely Dan and Donald Fagen songbook, but to bringing an energetic live-show experience to the crowd. Fifteen of Dane County’s best jazz and rock musicians have banded together around their passion for Steely Dan music, playing in the same configuration as the Steely Dan touring band including a four-piece horn section and three background singers. Shows consist of hits and deep cuts and sometimes even complete albums and are sure to have you out of your seats singing along. “THE LARGE ENSEMBLE FILLS THE HALL WITH SOUL AND SMARTS. IT’S A BIG BAND WITH A BIG SOUND, AND IT’S DAMN NEAR PERFECT.” – JOHN ROACH, MADISON MAGAZINE. The band’s songbook includes a vast array of hits and deep cuts that Steely fans adore. Thegroup is co-led by musical directors Dave Adler and Dave Stoler, Madison musicians with a combined history of decades of professional experience, each having a deep affinity for rock and jazz music. “A SUPERGROUP OF 15 CONSUMMATE MUSICIANS PLAY THE MUSIC OF STEELY DAN AS FAITHFULLY AS POSSIBLE.” – MADISON MAGAZINE.
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Mon, Oct 14 - 8pm - $10
The Last Word Quintet is a melding of some of Chicago's finest word and music artist into an experimental combo consisting of vocalist/songwriter Al Day; performance poet / slam creator Marc Kelly Smith; pianist/songwriter/composer Bob Long; saxophonist Brian Gephart, whose talent as composer, arranger, and performer has lit up stages from New York to Monterrey; and Pulitzer nominated bassist/composer Doug Lofstrom -- all together creating a mix music, lyrics, digressions, and poetry that goes become spoken word into a new realm.
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Wed, Oct 16 - 8pm - $10
CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago. It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance.This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band. The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers. It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song.The show is a benefit for CHIRP Radio.org and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.
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Fri, Oct 18 - 9pm - $15
Old Salt Union once again enlistedGRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founderAlison Brown to produce the follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut. Theresulting album,Where the Dogs Don’t Bite,builds on this non-traditional string bandsvaried musical backgrounds for a wildly entertaining, eclectic batch of songs.Thequintet Ryan Murphey (banjo), Justin Wallace (lead vocals and mandolin), JohnBrighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (lead vocals and bassist) andGraham Curry(guitar)havecontinued to hone anddeveloptheir sound throughrelentlesstouring,cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows.Coming fromvaried musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union’s collective melting pot of styles andmusical vocabularies informs their fresh approach tomodern string band music and hashelped carve a unique niche for this St. Louis MO and Belleville, Illinois roots outfit.Farrar, nephew of Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, kicks off the album with ‘God You Don’t Need’,a hook laden ode to a relationship gone bad set against a tapestry of strings and aneerily compelling banjo melody. Label mate Bobby Osborne guests on Tell Me So, a nodto the bluegrass side of the band’s musical sensibilities featuring lead vocals andsongwriting by mandolinist Justin Wallace. Violinist John Brighton delivers the gypsy-tinged instrumental Johann’s Breakdown, which pulls from jazz and classicalprogressions, and Wallace delivers the haunting title track, Where The Dogs Don’t Bite.The dark, but heartfelt song features triple-layered guitar harmonies, stacked vocals anda group sing-along that recalls last call at a corner pub in the rust belt, a fitting closing tothis musically diverse and compelling release
56 Hope Road is a band bonded like a family, and as a result, their music has an unmistakable honesty and openness. Uncanny, intuitive communication creates an easy interplay on stage, making even the most layered tunes sound effortless. They allow the joy of spontaneous creativity to color their song-based arrangements - neither losing their musical center, nor restricting its growth. The music is acoustic funk at its finest with sounds reminiscent of G-Love and Special Sauce, Richie Havens, MMW, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon and Gomez. This Chicago-based “acoustic funk explosion” is known for clever songwriting, lush vocal harmonies and one of the tightest rhythm sections on the scene. Formed in 1999, 56 Hope Road is made up of vocalist/guitarist Dave Hamilton, drummer Greg Fundis, upright bassist Chad Sanders, saxophonist Casey Fitzpatrick, and often augmented by vocalist Anne Katzfey, and percussionist Matt Katzfey.
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Sat, Oct 19 - 8pm - $15
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The Parlor Mob is an American rock band from New Jersey.
Deal Casino is a band from Asbury Park, NJ
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Mon, Oct 21 - 8pm - $10
Louder Than a Mom because everyone has a depressing, shocking, miserable, vulgar, hilarious family story! Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions. Come and share yours. If you’re not ready to talk about your family tragedy, your judgmental mother-in-law, your drunk Uncle Pete who ruins every holiday, or why you hate your four-year-old, come and listen. We all love a good bedtime story!!
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Thu, Oct 24 - 8pm - $15adv/$20door
Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. They invented Twittercast concerts, which are free broadcasts to fans over social networks. Their single, "It's 4:20 Somewhere" has been downloaded more than 5 million times. They broadcast every show live via satellite in HD, so that fans can enjoy them on their iPhone, iPad or Android without an app.Moonalice is: * Pete Sears: Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals (Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia, Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker, David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh & Friends). * John Molo: Drums, Vocals. (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, David Nelson Band).* Barry Sless: Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass. (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz).* Roger McNamee: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bass. (Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers) * Jason Crosby: Keyboards, Violin, Vocals (Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, Pete Seeger, Jenny Lewis)* Big Steve Parish: Road Scholar/Medicine Man/Storyteller. (Grateful Dead crew, co-founder of the Jerry Garcia Band)
Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each others playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they loved. That philosophy continues today and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band asthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and the Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2000+ shows the band has performed in the last 15 years, yet covers only pepper the bands hefty catalog of original material stemming from five studio albums and other unreleased crowd favorites.
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Fri, Oct 25 - 9pm - $12adv/$15door
Bumpin Uglies spawned from an Annapolis, MD scene awash in musical history over a decade ago. They are rooted in East Coast ska, punk, and reggae, making their mark up and down the Eastern Seaboard. In the past ten years, Bumpin Uglies have worked to carve out their path by relentlessly touring, and releasing one album after another. With each release came more focus, more creativity and more desire to always experiment and try new things with their music. The band is psyched for their latest EP, Buzz, which released on March 22 via Ineffable Music Group based in Oakland, CA. Ineffable is a name synonymous with the likes of Collie Buddz, Stick Figure, The Movement, and many other prominent artists.Their last album, Beast From The East, is proof positive that Brandon, Wolfie, Chad and T.J. have meshed into a dynamic quartet as the album topped reggae charts, drawing interest from Billboard’s editorial team for their debut in the pole position. With fellow Maryland rocker Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! working on the production, the alchemy was right for their breakthrough release, so naturally they are keeping that intact with their current album, Buzz, while continuing the trend of evolving their sound, always experimenting in bold ways that keeps everything fresh from beginning to end.Their climb hasn’t always been easy and as Bumpin Uglies have grinded their way to their current place in the music scene, they’ve shown that hard work pays off and by putting your heart and soul into it and by taking risks, you can achieve great things. It’s why they’ve springboarded from The Whiskey in Annapolis (RIP) to slots at major festivals like Firefly, Peachfest, and Reggae Rise Up, and are selling out several markets around the nation. Bumpin Uglies are also proud to have announced their own Headlining Festival, Weekend at Wolfie’s, set for June 13-15, 2019 in Bedford, PA.As a band they are clearly intent on doing things their own way, it’s how it’s always been done. This philosophy has grown Bumpin Uglies into a prolific music-making beast, has devoted fans tattooing Brandon Hardesty’s poignant lyrics on their bodies and has them growing into a nationally recognized touring headliner. Bumpin Uglies is on fire with no end in site.
PROJECT 432 is a contemporary Reggae/Rock/Fusion band cultivated in Colorado in 2016. P432 stretches the sounds of Reggae, Rock, Funk, and Hip Hop to create a distinct vibe of their own. This carefully crafted sound gives a fresh take on the Rock and Reggae genres, while still paying homage to their predecessors.
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Thu, Nov 7 - 8pm - $10
Eighth Annual Tori Amos Tribute/Benefit Show, Celebrating 25 Years of RAINN! Featuring original artwork and local Chicago musicians covering everything from deep cuts to the hits, this show is becoming a Chicago tradition you don't want to miss!
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Fri, Nov 8 - 9pm - $15
"Bumpus has done something few modern bands have done. Tapping into the deeply buried vein to rediscover the sound of timeless soul music." - ChicagoistBumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & The Family Stone, the funk of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by the thunderous voice of singer Tina Howell, the band brings together big funky beats, thick horns, and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane live performance. Bumpus has shared the stage with many of their heroes, such as Dr. John, War, The Roots, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. Bumpus will release their sixth record, “Way Down Deep” in the spring of 2018 and will be touring the midwest and beyond throughout the year.
The Right Now's pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz's captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2008 the band has toured much of the United States and released three acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.
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Sat, Nov 9 - 9pm - $15adv/$18door
Satsang is a power trio creating a unique blend of soul, folk-rock, and hip-hop. Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change. Satsang has toured all over the country and has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more.
Violet Crime anticipates a big 2019: recording of their debut LP will begin in January 2019 in Toronto with producer/mixer Sam Guaiana (Hopeless, Equal Vision, Pure Noise) and Derek DiScanio (lead singer of pop-rock act State Champs).Violet Crime's release date is pegged for June 2019. In Chicago, Violet Crime has sold out their last several shows.Through Play Together Records, a third of Violet Crime's merch proceeds are directed to the youth after school music program Intonation Music to support the next generation of Chicago artists.
Karl Vincent Roth is what some might call, a musical renaissance man. Karl has spent the last 20+ years, working on all aspects of his musical career - from honing his skills as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist to cutting his teeth in the recording studio as a producer and audio engineer.Growing up outside of Chicago, and eventually living in the city, Karl started playing the saxophone at the early age of 7, only to pick up strings shortly after that. It was when Karl began to confidently play guitar at the age of 14 that he began writing his own songs. Eventually, Karl adopted the hobby of recording his own music, as a way of teaching himself the finer points of production and audio engineering. It was when Karl hit his early 20’s, that he began his short career as a DJ in Chicago. After eight successful years, Karl then moved to Montana to join the band “Satsang” with his best friend, Andrew McManus. Karl and Drew started touring heavily, sharing the stage with acts like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and Trevor Hall, all with Karl singing harmonies and acting as the bands Bassist. But Karl also worked behind the scenes to engineer, mix and co-produce the albums Story of You, Pyramid(s), In Between Another Blink and most recently - Kulture. With Pyramid(s) reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts for a brief stint, and the building success of Kulture - Karl finally found some time to start writing his own music again.
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Sat, Dec 7, 2019 - 9pm - $15adv/$17door
Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass quartet Kitchen Dwellers are riding the wave of their sophomore release, Ghost in the Bottle, an album produced by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. The album also features Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis​, who joined the band in the studio to record the album’s first single “Vision of More.” The band continues to relentlessly tour the country, captivating audiences with their own unique style, dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has begun to tour nationally, hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering
Old No. 8 formed in Chicago in 1998. Mixing a country-fried rhythm section with tasty lap steel, scorching guitar and rich four-part harmonies, the five-piece quickly built a large, loyal following of music lovers who long for the days when outlaws ruled country radio and rock and roll ruled America. Energetic, outspoken, sarcastic and oftentimes crude, the band earned a reputation for its electrifying live shows as well as for its refusal to compromise its musical integrity.
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Sat, Dec 28 - 9pm - $20
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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Mon, Dec 30 - 9pm - $20
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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Tue, Dec 31 - 9pm - $30
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced “Mung-Yin”) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own that will keep you moving all night. Recently they have been making their imprint at some of the countries biggest music festivals including Summer Camp, Peach Music Festival, Hulaween, Camp Bisco and Electric Forest just to name a few. They have shared the stage with acts such as, Moe., Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Here Come The Mummies, The Motet, Mike Gordon Band and The Wailers just to name a few.Known for their whimsical songs, tight grooves and improvisational ability, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. With there catchy melodies and infectious grooves, you won’t have any choice but to shake that booty. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
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Sat, Jan 4 - 9pm - $12
EGI (Ethereal Groove, Inc.) is an experimental funk group with a young and energetic spirit and feel. They pushe the limits of improvisation, writing and energy rich shows. The band displays great versatility and a progressive appreciation for many genres. Experimentation is the main forte, the band has always had a very level headed feel to writing which allows everyone to incorporate their ideas without hesitation. Young and driven, EGI is breaking musical ground with every turn.
Alabaster is a jam band at their roots. They flaunt a style that is very passionate and energetic. Their emotions are poured into every lick and riff they play. Alabaster is not bound by genre but draws influence by Rock, Blues, Psychedelic, Reggae, to name a few, with a more old school take, similar to Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Alabaster consistently challenges themselves to push their creativity and musicianship to a new level through improvisation and exploring their music, and to make sure the crowd really gets down.
Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/avant-garde group comprised of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. "Home Is Not a Place" is the group's first full length album, and tells the story of the city experience through the eyes of ex-cons. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment. Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and entrepreneur and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was homeless and panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips to the Chicago ghettos together to buy drugs. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement for charges that were later dropped. Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around toward the end of 2016. On November 30th, 2016, Kat checked into a Chicago Rehabilitation Center. 9 Days later, Tony followed suit. They spent 4 months in the program, volunteering with multiple small musical projects and performing at open mics. As they began to heal, their mutual passion for music gave them a new purpose and a new project. In December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. They began by releasing single tracks on SoundCloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album, "Home Is Not a Place". They were recently joined by bass player Lonnie Phillips and are currently working on their second album. All of Broken Robots current work was written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band independently.
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